The Mondavi family name has long been synonymous with Napa Valley wine. While the Robert Mondavi Winery now belongs to Constellation Brands, the family’s latest chapter in its vinous history is the Michael Mondavi Family Estate.
This venture was founded by Michael and Isabel Mondavi, and their children Rob Jr., and Dina, who represent the fourth generation of winemaking in the family. With a variety of different labels within the family's wine portfolio, its newest Napa Cab was launched this summer.
Bearing the name of the Animo vineyard from which its grapes are sourced, this Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from a 15-acre vineyard situated in the mountain appellation of Atlas Peak. The high elevation (between 1,270-1,350 feet), volcanic soil and other climatic influences all conspire to develop grapes with concentrated fruit and good tannins. Purchased by the family in 1999, the Animo vineyard was named by Dina Mondavi for the Italian word for spirit.
The 2010 vintage is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot and was aged for 20 months in 87% new French oak. With aromas of blackberry, plum, cocoa, vanilla and cedar, the palate offers up ripe fruit and powerful flavors of blackberry, black cherry, oak and spice. This full-bodied wine has good acidity and structure, but needs time to develop and soften the tannins to truly show off its potential.
SRP $85.00; Less than 900 cases produced.